Lloyd Bougher

Lloyd was a guy who went all out never did anything halfway. He also did whatever he could to help others, even if he didn't get anything out of it.

He was in high school around the time World War 2 began. He was drafted and served in a anti air unit which was all over France late in the war. At this time, he was living in Medina and when he got back from the war he could not bring himself to finish high school. After dropping out of high school, Lloyd's first job was at the Farmer's Exchange as a delivery man. He delivered truck loads of coal to farmers. Then soon after delivered truck loads of feed.

He always had a love for cars and trucks. This led him to get the gas business after his work at the Farmer's Exchange. Back then gas stations were not the same as they are today. They were called service stations because they did not only give you gas but the employees washed your windows, checked your oil, and any kind of repairs needed. He became manager of several Marathon stations in town. He prided himself with great customer service and expected his employees to do the same. One time an employee came back from giving a costumers gas but did not wipe his windows or check his oil. He asked "why did you not wipe the guys windows?". The reply was "he did not ask me to". Lloyd's reply was "well you should have asked him if he wanted it done and checked his oil". Another aspect of a service station at that time was tow trucks.. It was not required but Lloyd loved the idea of it and made it happen. He used these tow trucks not only to help his stations but to help the county of Medina the best he could. For example, he used to tow Santa's house to the square for the holidays.

With the money he earned from his job, he bought a 1937 Chevrolet. He would drive this to Wadsworth almost everyday on his lunch hour. The reason for this was a girl he liked very much. They could not date because her parents would not let her. This did not stop him from seeing her. This girl eventually became his wife and they married in 1946.

Today the gas stations are no longer his. Marathon wanted him to change to what gas stations are today he refused. Today, there is a Lloyds towing in Medina run by one of his grandsons who still carries on the same customer service and hard work Lloyd started.

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Lloyd Bougher

Lloyd Bougher

This picture is Lloyd in his army uniform holding his weapon. He was part of an ant- air group that moved all over France during World War 2. During this time a girl, that would become his wife, would write him every chance she got. She wrote him so much that when i talked to her she could still today tell me his serial number. This is because she could not put an address on the letter but had to use his serial number. View File Details Page

Pride In Action

Pride In Action

This is Lloyd in front of one of his trucks holding a "pride in action" reward he received for the greatest increase in sales from his gas stations. View File Details Page

Pride in action part 2

Pride in action part 2

Lloyd wanted the best for his costumers and made sure his employees did as well. This sky rocketed sales earning him this reward. At the time, Marathon did not feel it was important to put this in the newspaper so his wife paid to put this article in. View File Details Page

Farmers Exchage

Farmers Exchage

After the war, Lloyd went back to high school just to drop out awhile later because of his love for trucks and cars .His first job after dropping out was as a delivery man for the Farmers Exchange. He at first delivered coal to farmers but soon after started delivering feed for cattle. This picture shows him standing in front of his delivery truck loaded with feed. View File Details Page

White Pants

White Pants

This is Lloyd standing in front of his car with its white siding going around the cars back wheels commonly called white pants. Everyone in Wadsworth knew this car in his time because he drove it to Wadsworth everyday on his lunch hour from Medina to see a girl who became his wife. View File Details Page

Hand out outside

Hand out outside

This is a picture of a handout given by Lloyd's Towing. This was not made by him because by this time he was still involved with the business but he was not the manager of it anymore. One of his sons was the new manager and most of the workers where also Lloyd's sons and grandsons. This shows the legacy of hard work and true customer service that he left behind to his family who carried on the company and still do today. View File Details Page

Hand out inside

Hand out inside

The inside of the handout shows how the company has grown from the trucks of old to the trucks of today. You can see the sticker for the 50th year the company has been in work. View File Details Page

Lloyd's Towing today

Lloyd's Towing today

This is a picture of Lloyd's Towing barn. This is were they keep the trucks and where they take any cars they have been called to tow unless told to take it somewhere else. View File Details Page

Lloyd's Towing sign

Lloyd's Towing sign

This is the sign sitting outside Lloyd's Barn today. it shows all their contact information and of an auto service that they are close friends with just in case they can't help for whatever reason. View File Details Page

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Jordan King, “Lloyd Bougher,” Discover Medina, accessed June 23, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/50.

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